Idyllic weather and robust optimism provided the perfect backdrop for an impressive and energized summer Market for California Gift Show. Sustained attendance of new and returning buyers, highly-trafficked showrooms busy taking orders and exceptional merchandising presentations from distinctive, in-demand lines continue to prove Los Angeles is a must-shop destination for today's modern retailer.
As consumers become ever-more informed and
discriminating in their purchasing habits, retailers seeking unique
products with greater intelligence look to L.A. Mart and Los Angeles as
their entrée to manufacturers known worldwide and to the innovations for
which California is renowned. More than 40 states were represented.
California's mystique was also top-of-mind
on the international front spanning North America, as Canadian and
Mexican merchants shopped alongside Pacific Rim buyers from Hawaii,
Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul, as well as Middle East retailers from Dubai
Trends resonating this Market included
"Made in America" and "Made in California," reinforcing the gift show's
California-centric positioning and the overall sentiment to support
American manufacturing. Also highly evident and in-demand were
multi-functional, multi-purposed products. "This Market witnessed an
increase in retailers supporting a 'made-locally' position," said Jeff
Sampson, vice president marketing, L.A. Mart/L.A. Mart Design
Center/California Gift Show. "We are proud that nearly half of our
permanent showrooms offer California designed/manufactured products
year-round. Quite a few of those products fell into the multi-purpose
category as consumers expect greater value which these multi-functional
items deliver on."
Nearly 20,000 square-feet of new/ expanded
permanent resources debuted this July Market, including Western states
rep group Keena; echo by Fine Lines, the new division of Fine Lines
Company presenting boutique lifestyle brands; Design Center anchor
PALECEK with an additional 6,500 square-feet of merchandise available
for immediate purchase; Chow's Oriental Fine Arts and Noir Trading
rounded out the new year-round buyer resources.